Fresh off the tree, the avocado is very hard but with no give. It needs five or more days stored at room temperature until it is ripe.
Medium green in color, the avocado has begun ripening, but it is still very firm. Here, it’s usually a four to five-day wait to ripeness.
Closer to ripeness, the avocado is still firm but just starts yielding to pressure. Another two days in storage should bring it to…
Stage Four–Semi Ripe
Finally, the avocado reaches a stage of ripeness characterized by a slight yield to gentle pressure and a darker, deeper green. While not suited to all dishes, the fruit is best served in slices or cubes at this point. They work great in dishes such as…
Fully ripe, the avocado should easily yield to gentle pressure. It’s perfect for mashing or Guacamole, so bust out a dish that will have your patrons swooning. Look to these for inspiration.